Children’s Champions Update
August 20, 2014
Now Available: State Preschool Development and State Preschool Expansion Grant Applications
PRESCHOOL DEVELOPMENT AND EXPANSION GRANT APPLICATIONS
On August 13 the Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, and the Secretary of Human Health Services, Sylvia Burwell, released the applications for the Preschool Development Grants competition. This is a competitive application for $250 million to help states build or expand high-quality preschool programs for low- and moderate-income families.
All states (including the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico) can apply for these grants. There are two types of grants, Development Grants and Expansion Grants, and the application materials note which states are eligible for each. Applications are due on October 14, 2014 and the state grantees will be announced in December.
More information on the two grants:
Development Grants: $80 million will go to states with either no or small state preschool programs that serve less than 10% of four-year-olds. These grants span for 4 years and offer states between $5 million and $20 million annually. Fifteen states, including Puerto Rico, are eligible for Development Grants, and five to eight grants will be rewarded
Expansion Grants: $160 million will go to states that already have successful preschool programs or have received the Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge Grant (RTT-ELC). These grants also span for 4 years and award states between $10 million and $35 million annually. Thirty Five states, including D.C., are eligible for Expansion Grants, and seven to twelve grants will be rewarded.
Both grants ensure that all states, regardless of their stage in building preschool programs, have the opportunity to receive these funds and develop or expand early learning. For both grants, states will be rewarded extra points if they contribute matching funds, align preschool programs on a birth-through-third-grade continuum, and allocate at least 50% of their funding to create new state preschool slots.
You can also read the ED/HSS FAQs by clicking here.